Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 2075
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Rosenthal , Judith.
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  • Title: Margery Kempe and Medieval Anti-Judaic Ideology
  • Source: Medieval Encounters: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Culture in Confluence and Dialogue 5, 3 ( 1999): Pages 409 - 420.
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  • Article Type: Journal Article
  • Subject (See Also): Antisemitism in Literature Jesus Christ- Passion in Literature Jews in Literature Kempe, Margery, Mystic Mary, Virgin, Saint in Literature Mystics Women in Religion
  • Geographic Area: British Isles
  • Century: 15
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  • Abstract: Although Margery Kempe (1373-1440) probably never had regular contact with a Jewish person, she depicts the Jews as symbols of evil in her autobiographical book. Despite the rebellious nature Kempe displays to patriarchal authorities in the church by refusing to behave as a nun, to wear black, or to remain in a cloister, she is entirely orthodox in portaying the Jews as Christkillers in her vision of the Crucifixion. This anti-Judaic ideology appears in the Gospels and in official doctrine, beginning with Augustine, continuing with Pope Gregory I the Great, and worsening with Aquinas and the Franciscan and Dominican friars in the fourteenth century. Medieval drama, especially the N-Town Passion Play (which Kemp may have seen) provides a striking analogue for Kempe's vision at Calvary. Kempe, extraordinary in some ways, is entirely conventional in her dramatization of the Jewish soldiers as deicides. [Reproduced by permission of Brill Academic Publishers.]
  • Author's Affiliation: California State University, Fresno
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  • Year of Publication: 1999.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 13807854
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